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All parks, sanctuaries shut to shield animals from virus | India News – Times of India

NAGPUR: With the second wave of Covid-19 gripping villages around national parks and sanctuaries, the Union ministry of environment, forests and climate change has asked all tiger reserves, national parks, and sanctuaries to close down till further orders. It has also asked all state chief wildlife wardens to take preventive measures to stop the transmission and spread of the virus from humans to animals.
TOI had written on Friday about the increasing spread of the virus in villages around Tadoba that may affect wild animals due to the interface between humans and animals. Many cases are going unreported in villages around Tadoba as locals are not taking rapid antigen or RT-PCR tests. There is also a great reluctance to get vaccinated. Forest staff also have not been fully vaccinated. The crumbling health infrastructure has added fuel to fire.
Under “break the chain” orders in Maharashtra, Pench and TATR have already issued orders to shut down tourism till May 15. “We have…

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